There are two types of players at the Nines: those who refuse to divulge any secret plays they have up their sleeve and those who say there are no secret plays.
The Auckland Nines promises to be a showcase of rugby league at its most explosive, and you can watch every minute of it on the brand new NRL 2014 App.
Captains at the Dick Smith Auckland Nines captains breakfast have delved into the unspoken skill that will decide who wins the inaugural tournament – tackling.
Paul Gallen and Corey Parker wouldn't take no for an answer when it came to playing the Auckland Nines, while Souths star Issac Luke was shattered to miss out.
The stars will shine brightly at the Auckland Nines but there are a host of players who may shock the sell-out crowds with their skill and tenacity.
The response to a city-wide community blitz by 15 NRL clubs shows the strength of the game among Auckland's junior rugby league clubs.
The Auckland Nines will be a showcase of the best flair, youth and speed rugby league has to offer - with a couple of legends thrown in.
We run our eyes over the group stage and finals schedule to make our fearless predictions for the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines.
The inaugural Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines takes place this weekend and you can stay in touch with all the action with live blogs of every game on NRL.com.
The complete list of all 16 teams that will contest the inaugural Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines on February 15-16.